ManageEngine OpManager - End-to-end network & server performance monitor

Simplify network management with ManageEngine OpManager - a better SolarWinds NPM alternative*. ManageEngine OpManager is a comprehensive, agentless, proactive network monitoring tool that helps SMBs and enterprises manage their data centers and IT infrastructure efficiently and cost effectively. As an alternative to SolarWinds NPM, it offers automated workflows, intelligent alerting engines, configurable discovery rules, and extendable templates to enable IT teams to set up a 24/7 monitoring system within hours of installation. Do-it-yourself add-ons extend the scope of management to include network change and configuration management, IP address management, as well as monitoring of networks, applications, databases, and virtualization.

Info-Tech Report - See how OpManager scores over SolarWinds: ManageEngine OpManager VS Solarwinds NPM

How does OpManager stack up against SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor? Take a look at this review by InfoTech to see for yourself. InfoTech's research is based entirely on real user ratings. This attests to OpManager's capabilities as an effective SolarWinds alternative.

Info-Tech report rating OpManager SolarWinds NPM
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Ease of data integration
Ease of customization
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Ease of implementation

ManageEngine OpManager: The latest 'Champion' in the market | 2022

Info - Tech Research Group announced OpManager as a CHAMPION in software reviews' recent emotional footprint report, with the product winning a net score of 94. And we are the only vendor in the network monitoring market to cross the luring 90 and above category. So, if you see this as just a number, here's why you shouldn't. The score is evaluated based on the verified reviews given by real users from an extensive list of assessing criteria like product impact, feature and service satisfaction, affordability, innovation and overall vendor capability in enterprise network monitoring.

Feature satisfaction

OpManager provides the user with all the features required to administer over the network.


Easy to use in performance monitoring and simple to manage network operations.

Value for money

Nothing can beat OpManager's value for price.

With a composite score of 8.4 out of 10, OpManager is the top choice for network admins.

Putting customers first has earned us all the love and a significant place on the winning podium. Here's what they feel about OpManager:


Plan to renew OpManager


Say OpManager is critical to their success


Mentioned that they love OpManager

SolarWinds alternative? Look no further: OpManager's transparent licensing model VS SolarWinds NPM's element based licensing model

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor follows an element-based licensing model. An element is a node, interface or disk volume. You need to purchase a license for the highest of the three. In reality, every node will have more interfaces or disks to be monitored. As a SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor alternative, OpManager follows a transparent device-based license model, where you have to just pay for the nodes and monitor any number of interfaces or disks. Isn't OpManager a better SolarWinds replacement already?

The following table shows a comparison between SolarWinds and OpManager's pricing:

Licensing model OpManager (Device-based) SolarWinds (element-based)
No. of devices to be monitored 50 network devices - 4 interfaces each 50 servers - 2 volumes each. Total devices - 100 Total interfaces - 200 Volumes - 100 50 network devices - 4 interfaces each 50 servers - 2 volumes each. Total devices - 100 Total interfaces - 200 Volumes - 100
License purchased for 100 devices 200 elements
Package 100 devices pack NPM SL250
Total Cost $ 2,394 $ 7,279

From the above table, it can be inferred that OpManager's device-based licensing covers all the elements within the 100 device plan whereas, element-based licensing vendor needs a 200 element license to monitor the same number of devices.

How is ManageEngine OpManager a better alternative to SolarWinds NPM*?

The following table shows a list of all the metrics which are not available in SolarWinds and those which require a separate tool for monitoring, unlike ManageEngine OpManager which is one of the best SolarWinds alternative available today:

Feature ManageEngine OpManager SolarWinds NPM
VMWare monitoring   OpManager’s VMware Monitor provides in depth, agent less monitoring of VMware-virtualized servers to give IT administrators a single fault and performance management console for entire server infrastructure - both physical and virtual.  Separate purchase of an additional product is required in SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
XenServer monitoring   OpManager monitors Host, VMs and Storage Repositories of Citrix XenSever and provides the required visibility into their performance.  Not available in SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Custom WMI Monitoring   OpManager monitors the system resources using SNMP by default. Even the non-SNMP windows devices can be monitored using WMI. All the Windows device templates have the resource monitors preconfigured  Not available in SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
CLI Monitoring  OpManager monitors the system resources using SNMP by default. Even the non-SNMP windows devices can be monitored using WMI. All the Windows device templates have the resource monitors preconfigured.  Not Available
Datacenter Visualization   OpManager helps in creating a virtual replication of Datacenter floors and racks and floors to enable 24x7 monitoring.  Not available in SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
AD Monitoring   OpManager automatically associates the Active Directory monitors to the server and starts monitoring for performance and availability. Every monitored parameter is mapped with industry best-practiced thresholds by default.  Installation of a separate product is required in SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Exchange Monitoring   Exchange Monitor includes more than 60 critical parameters that need to be monitored out-of-the-box. Also several monitors come with pre-configured thresholds set according to best practices recommended by Microsoft.  Installation of a separate product is required in SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
MSSQL Monitoring   MSSQL Services and Parameters can be monitored using WMI. OpManager detects the SQL servers by itself and MSSQL related resource metrics are added automatically.  Installation of a separate product is required in SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Process / NTServices / Service Monitoring   OpManager provides out-of-the-box support for monitoring the availability of all the processes/NTServices/Service running on a Windows or Unix system.  Installation of a separate product is required in SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Script Monitoring   OpManager’s script monitoring supports Powershell, Linux shell script, VBscript, Perl & Python scripts out-of-the-box.  Installation of a separate product is required in SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
URL Monitoring   OpManager provides 24 X 7 monitoring of your website for availability and performance to identify website problems proactively.  Installation of a separate product is required in SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
File/Folder Monitoring   OpManager provides file and folder monitoring functionality that lets you instantly detect storage subsystem problems, unexpected steep increase in disk utilization and proliferating files and folders in storage servers.  Installation of a separate product is required in SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
IPSLA & VoIP monitoring   P SLA actively monitors traffic to measure the performance of the network by measuring critical parameters for traffic passing Cisco IOS software devices and other network application servers. A VoIP analytics & monitoring software helps in monitoring voice calls in a VoIP system for call usage tracking and performance analysis.  VNQM add-on needed
IT Workflow Automation   OpManager provides over 70 workflow checks and actions grouped under 9 different categories, including VMware ESX actions to construct a powerful workflow rule to suit your IT management needs. Just create workflows using the out-of-the-box checks and actions to the workflow builder and you are good to go.  SolarWinds Network Performance monitor (NPM) does not provide work-flow automation to compile processes and execute them based on schedules or other triggers.
Support for LINUX OS   OpManager runs on both Linux and Windows operating systems. Refer this page to see the list in detail.  Not available in SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
Server Monitoring   OpManager provides all the metrics to monitor servers. Some of the key metrics being Windows services monitoring, Server process monitoring, Windows event log monitoring, URL and website monitoring.  Only basic functionalities like CPU, memory disk, and ports can be managed is available in SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM).
DB server   OpManager comes with a free inbuilt PostGres DB. This helps to scale more devices than the SQL express DB.  SolarWinds needs Microsoft SQL server express as the DB server. The drawback is it comes with a 1GB RAM/10GB DB limitation.
Integration with network configuration management tool   OpManager integrates data from various modules such as bandwidth monitoring, network configuration management, firewall management, IP address management, and switch port management and presents it in a single screen for greater visibility and quick troubleshooting.  SolarWinds NCM is not a part of its NPM and comes as a stand-alone tool only.

OpManager - a better SolarWinds alternative*

OpManager provides tons of value for your networking environment with a simple licensing model and a more affordable pricing. This is why ManageEngine OpManager is considered one of the best SolarWinds alternatives*. *As per the independent research based on real user ratings, OpManager is considered as one of the best alternatives to SolarWinds NPM.

Customer reviews


OpManager - 10 Steps Ahead Of The Competition, One Step Away From Being Unequalled.

- Network Services Manager, Government Organization

Review Role: Infrastructure and Operations Company Size: Gov't/PS/ED 5,000 - 50,000 Employees

"I have a long-standing relationship with ManageEngine. OpManager has always missed one or two features that would make it truly the best tool on the market, but over it is the most comprehensive and easy to use the product on the market."


Easy Implementation, Excellent Support & Lower Cost Tool

- Team Lead, IT Service Industry

Review Role: Infrastructure and Operations Company Size: 500M - 1B USD

"We have been using OpManager since 2011 and our overall experience has been excellent. The tool plays a vital role in providing the value to our organisation and to the customers we are supporting. The support is excellent and staff takes full responsibilities in resolving the issues. Innovation is never stopping and clearly visible with newer versions"


Easy Implementation With A Feature Rich Catalogue, Support Has Some Room For Improvement

- NOC Manager in IT Service Industry

Review Role: Program and Portfolio Management Company Size: 500M - 1B USD

"The vendor has been supporting during the implementation & POC phases providing trial licenses. Feature requests and feedback is usually acted upon swiftly. There was sufficient vendor support during the implementation phase. After deployment, the support is more than adequate, where the vendor could make some improvements."


Great Monitoring Tool

- CIO in Finance Industry

Review Role: CIO Company Size: 1B - 3BUSD

"Manage Engine provides a suite of tools that have made improvements to the availability of our internal applications. From monitoring, management and alerting, we have been able to peak performance within our data center."


Simple Implementation, Easy To Use. Very Intuitive.

- Principal Engineer in IT Services

Review Role: Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation Company Size: 250M - 500M USD

"Manage Engine support was helpful and responsive to all our queries"


IT operations management


Hinduja Global Solutions saves $3 million a year using OpManager

Industry : IT

Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) is an Indian business process management (BPM) organization headquartered in Bangalore and part of the Hinduja Group. HGS combines technology-powered automation, analytics, and digital services focusing on back office proces

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USA-Based Healthcare Organization Monitor's Network Devices Using OpManager and Network Configuration Manager

Industry : Healthcare

One of the largest radiology groups in the nation, with a team of more than 200 board-certified radiologists, provides more than 50 hospital and specialty clinic partners with on-site radiology coverage and interpretations.

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Netherlands-based real estate data company avoids system downtime using OpManager and Firewall Analyzer

Industry : Real Estate

Vabi is a Netherlands-based company that provides "real estate data in order, for everyone." Since 1972, the company has focused on making software that calculates the performance of buildings. It has since then widened its scope from making calculations

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Global news and media company

Industry : Telecommunication and Media

The company specializes in cable network programming, direct broadcast satellite (DBS), television, new media, and multicultural education.

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Industry : Businesses and Services

Bonita uses OpManager to monitor their network infrastructure and clear bottlenecks

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Thorp Reed & Armstrong

Industry : Government

Randy S. Hollaway from Thorp Reed & Armstrong relies on OpManager for prompt alerts and reports

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